Domestic Violence and Risk Assessment

The DASH Risk Identification, Assessment and Management Model is the primary tool used to assess risk in domestic abuse, stalking and harassment and honour based violence cases. It is a tool that changed a reactive approach in policing to a proactive one and this should be celebrated. However, we are in danger of going back 20 years if HMIC recommendations are not addressed regarding risk assessment. The DASH was created by professionals in the police service working with victims of domestic abuse for professionals working with victims. It has been informed over time by evidence and UK data, victim and professionals focus groups, consultation and independent evaluation. This was not about commercial gain but about developing a tool to inform a proactive conversation with victims about need and risk in order to keep them and their children safe and hold the perpetrator to account. This is something that seems to have been omitted from many of the recent conversations.

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